Gonzalez, Oosterhout and Lu Make Their Mark at Hall of Fame Invitational

Gonzalez, Oosterhout and Lu Make Their Mark at Hall of Fame Invitational

Oosterhout assisted to a doubles victory in the Navratilova/Shriver flight (Kate Whitney Lucey).

NEWPORT, R.I. – The Harvard women's tennis team opened its fall campaign at the International Tennis Association (ITA) Grass Court Invitational Sept. 16-18 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The Crimson faced opponents from No. 2 California, No. 8 Oklahoma State and No. 16 Georgia Tech.

Sophomore Erica Oosterhout and freshman Irene Lu secured a win in the Navratilova / Shriver doubles flight, finishing with an 8-6 decision against Cal's Stephanie Lin and Audrey Mayer and an 8-1 victory against Georgia Tech's Luca Fabian and Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer.

Freshman Natasha Gonzalez made her mark for the Crimson, earning first place in the Lindsay Davenport Flight. Gonzalez finished on day three with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep, defeating Cal's Mayer in the finals.

In the Billie Jean King flight, senior June Lee fought against Denise Starr of Cal, Vladica Babic of Oklahoma State and Rasheeda McAdoo of Georgia Tech. Lee challenged her competitors at the No. 1 slot, ultimately winning sets against Starr and Babic. Freshman Nika Besker opened her Harvard campaign at the No. 2 position in the Chris Evert flight, dropping a trio of tightly-contested matches, while junior Annika Ringblom competed at the No. 3 position in the Steffi Graf flight. Ringblom won the first set against Luc Fabian of Georgia Tech, but succumbed to Fabian in the final set, 6-1, 3-6, 6-10.

The Crimson hosts the Harvard Fall Classic against Boston College, Boston University, Yale, Connecticut and Delaware Sept. 23-25. The tournament will be held at the Beren Tennis Center.